Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Judy Dow

I am an Abenaki educator. I teach science, history and math through art. Currently I've been working with Gedakina and the University of New Hampshire through a National Science Foundation grant documenting sustainable land use practices with Indigenous youth in New England. This documentation has allowed us to create some of the most amazing maps and art projects. I also continue to teach basketry and beading. These skills often get lost in today’s fast pace world where it is easier to just buy a kit. Understanding the land helps to learn the basketry process. Using basket making to teach both science and math is such a great hands-on way to learn. My work has been on exhibit throughout the US and Canada including displays at the National Museum of the American Indians in Washington DC, Mc Cord Museum and Botanical Garden in Montreal, the University of Vermont and New Hampshire, some of my baskets were part of a three year tour with Honor the Earth Impacted Nations visiting, NYC, Minneapolis, Santa Fe, Portland, Chicago and more. My daily fee is $500. plus expenses. Please contact me if you have questions.

Find Me On …

Additional Links: 
WCAX - Made In Vermont
The Vermont Eugenics Survey- Vermont Center for Reasearch
Vermont Governor's Institute for Art
Vermont Performance Lab with Emily Johnson

I Have Worked With

  • September 2014

    I have been on Gedakina's  Board of Directors since 2000. I assist with many projects both art and environmental. 

  • September 2014

    Working with this Youth Center I have taught classes both after school and during their summer program for the last 8 years. I use beading and basketry as a technique to help these middle school students understand many different math concepts. Some of these students are New Americans part of the refugee settlement programs here in Vermont, and this is a fun way to increase their vocabulary. First we map out on graph paper our designs noting the math concepts and language. We then transfer our design into a basket or beaded project..

  • June 2014

    I have taught at the Governor's Institute for art for 7 years now. I typically teach Basketry and Beading. These two subjects encompass a wide range of art activites from making baskets with recycled materials to harvesting your own materials and using glass and hand made wooden beads. I have also participated in the Winter Weekend for four years.  



  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Teaching Artist
Mailing Address: 
273 Old Stage Road
Essex Junction, VT 05452
Physical Address: 
273 Old Stage Road
Essex Junction, VT 05452
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - Anthropology
Humanities - Art History & Criticism
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Humanities - History
Humanities - Literature
Humanities - Science
Literature - Fiction
Visual/Crafts - Basket Weaving
Visual/Crafts - General
Visual/Crafts - Fiber
Visual/Crafts - Jewelry
Visual/Crafts - Sculpture
Visual/Crafts - Wood / Bark
Populations Served: 
General Public
Immigrant Populations
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Individual Non-Artists
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Preservation / Conservation
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class / Presentation
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Vermont Governor's Heritage Award for Outstanding Educator
Essex Educators Association Friend of Education Award
American Masterpiece Artist Award
Recognition as a Master Basketmaker from the Vermont Folklife Center
Recognition as a Juried Professional Basketmaker and Educator from the Vermont Council of the Arts
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Vermont Education Roster

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
Accessible website and/or multimedia for people with sensory disabilities

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
Either access to the outdoors or electricity
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: 
State of Residence: 
Minimum Number of Performers: 

I am a Teaching Artist

Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Mathematics
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: